Wow — and how time flies!
Pumpkin Bird from Ewe & Eye & Friends
The last few days I spent with a cross stitch kit from Ewe & Eye & Friends. This is Pumpkin Bird, it was my Day 13 start from the Cross Stitch Crazy 2017 Challenge. It is stitched two over two on 36 count dirty Edinborough linen. The kit (as with all EEF kits) is kitted to stitch one over two. I decided to buy new overdye to get better coverage. So cute!!
The Mary Maxim crochet car blankie kit is complete. These are the last two blankies — this was like doing an oversized sample. Each project was small enough to have a quick(ish) finish but big enough to know if I will ever want to do the pattern in a larger size.
Aqua Crochet Car Seat Blankie
Blue Crochet Car Seat Blankie
and next up….
It is time to stitch the background on my Santa With Snowman from Pat Thode of Heartstings. I was debating on making it into a square pillow, stand-up or having it framed. The current plan is to go stand-up — I would like to finish it myself but I have never done that before and will need much practice.
This week was going to be devoted to Middle Earth … but … I caught a crochet bug and worked on this kit that I got from Mary Maxim.
Crochet Car Seat Blankets
photo from Mary Maxim website
I have finished the pink and yellow blankies and am working on the blue.
Most of my recent stitching time has been spent with The Realm of Middle Earth (from Tilton Crafts).
This is my stitching starting at the top right corner —
very confetti with just over 3000 stitches complete and a zillion more to go. I am using hardanger and stitching one over one.
SK Maleficent (Evil Queen) – page 1
Page 1 is complete for my HAED challenge project! This is SK Maleficent (renamed Evil Queen) from the art of Annya Kai. Ground fabric is 22 count tan hardanger and I am stitching one over one using DMC.
Later today i expect to have another car seat blanket finished and then it will be back to my primitive sheep.
Finally … making some progress on my Day 4 start of the Cross Stitch Crazy challenge. This is Primitive Sheep from ewe and eye and friends. I bought this as a kit with 32 count natural linen — as with most (or all) eef projects, it is recommended to stitch with one strand of floss.
Primitive Sheep – Start #3
This is the third time starting this project…
After all this time you would think that I would know better and not use one strand over two on 32 count linen. It was so light that it faded away from a short distance. On try two I used floss that I inherited from my Mom — she had a really bad habit of winding floss bobbins with floss from multiple skeins. After about half of the sheep was done — I stepped back and saw two different dye lots. This is try 3 and it appears to be a success!!
Primitive Sheep – fading away – Start #1
And this is my HAED challenge piece as well as Cross Stitch Crazy challenge piece #1.
SK Maleficent (Evil Queen)
I will post a photo of the art work soon but for now, this is from Heaven and Earth Designs and you can see it here.
This is at 2250 stitches complete. I am stitching on 22 count tan hardanger, one over one. The HAED challenge is to complete one full page, a minimum of 7300 stitches by March 3.
Autumn Acorn – kit by EEF @ 1998
This is my first finish of 2017!
A cute little piece designed by Kam of ewe and eye and friends in 1998. I bought this as a kit that included 36 count flax fields linen, floss and buttons. It was stitched one strand of floss over two threads with the specialty stitchs being 4 by 4. I am not sure if the floss is Anchor or DMC. The design size is 43 by 43 with the finished size approximately 2 5/8 inches by 2 5/8 inches.
This was the day 15 start for the Cross Stitch Crazy 2017 Challenge. Now back to the other starts — beginning with Maleficent since she in my HAED challenge piece.
It seems impossible that it can possibly be 15 January 2017.
The Cross Stitch Crazy Challenge has been keeping me busy with the 15 new starts. I started a variety of projects — small, medium, large, and huge….. Of couse, size is relative….
These are pics of the first 13 projects.. I will clean them up and add detail after all 15 are started and have a bit more progress.
I did finish the yellow car seat blanket but still need bury the ends and block it.
My 2017 project list – it just keeps growing.
Quilt for baby Cooper – must do!!
Pick a BOM from resource center and make top
Six bandages for DOVE – must do!!
Last 2 car seat blankies from kit.
Car seat blankies from new kit.
Pot holders / hot mats kit
Finish Pat Thode Santa – only needs background.
St. Basil’s needs any attention
Cupcake – try to get half complete
Sundance rug – any progress is a must do.
Realm of Middle Earth (Tilton Crafts) – new start – 25,000 stitches
Catching the Breeze (haed) – 10,000 stitches
Emma Sampler – complete
Begin another repro sampler
Begin & complete one TIAG
Join HAED challenge starting 1/1/17 with SK Evil Queen aka Maleficent (in spite of saying I was not doing any more challenges)
Join Cross Stitch Crazy 2017 using 3 project above and an additional 12
Halloween Witch Hat Coasters
Bucilla felt – one set of ornaments & start a stocking
Felt Halloween Pillow from kit
Beaded ornaments – one set
It will be a busy couple of days with stitching time at a premium. Yesterday was cookie press cookies and cleaning. Today is wrapping & baking with football as the entertainment!
I will try to squeeze some time in for my latest project. This is the third of the set of car seat blankies that are the kit from Mary Maxim.
This is my first ever attempt at cables and when I stay on task they work up great. When I try to multi-task (like talk and knit at the same time) …. not so much. Wearing out the yarn is a real possibility. I like the look though I don’t think all those strings and holes are great for a baby — at least not a newborn. In all honesty, I will finish this because I am stubborn and can say I did it. I can not imagine ever making another, but — never say never.
It should finish up at about 18″ by 19″.
Off to do some wrapping…
This is my holiday scarf. I knit it using red heart super saver yarn, K1P1 rib over 61 stitches. The first stitch was slipped and the last stitch knit on every row. I used 3 full skeins and the finish is 8″ by 87.5″. The edges look smooth and the ends blend beautifully with the stitching.
This is a Christmas gift I made for my friend who is a big Michigan fan. Hope I got it right. Shhh… don’t tell!